To provide support and communications to our served communities.

Plans Forming for October 4th Simulated Emergency Test (SET 2014); AEC's to meet and finalize plans.

Rough Draft plans for the October 4th Simulated Emergency Test (SET) for 2014 have been roughed out and sent to Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AEC's) for review and revision. AEC's will meet on September 10th to finalize plans. This year we will endeavor to have communications across the 10 county metro area in order to test multi-county communications. Participants will use voice, digital, and CW. Formal message traffic will also be utilized. Multiple sites will be staffed and used as communications centers.

Discussion held on SET for October; may include multiple counties

Discussions were held with EC's from five other counties on holding a multi-county Simulated Emergency Test exercise this coming October 4th. Interest was high. Details remain to be worked out including the level of communications and modes. Additional meetings will be scheduled for July and August to further develop a plan. It looks like we will proceed with the planning and hope to hold this larger event. Stay tuned.

Go Kit Picnic showed some exciting projects

The Washington County ARES Go Kit Picnic had 19 hams in attendance on July 12. The attendees brought go kits and mobile rigs to show. Included were Dick's Comm Van, Pete's trailer operating station, a cooler go kit (light and portable and capable), an hf/vhf/uhf and digital station and antennas in a nice metal enclosure, and an fl digi 2m go kit. Also shown and demonstrated were two mesh stations. They included their internal communications as well as a VOIP phone set-up and internet access. All of the items were very interesting and put together in support of public service.

Go Kit Picnic on Schedule for July 12th

The Washington County ARES Go Kit Picnic is scheduled for July 12th at Ojibway Park in Woodbury, 11:30 - 1. All members are invited to attend. Contact John (KA0HYR) if you are going to attend so there will be enough meat and food. Bring either a Go Kit to show to attendees, or a note pad to jot down ideas. The location is the picnic shelter near the band shell.

ARES members from Washington County complete service to Lake St. Croix Beach

Washington County ARES members were called to Lake St. Croix Beach to assist in carrying out the city's Emergency Plan on flood response. While our ARES group was participating in a Prairie Island Relocation Drill on June 25th, the LSCB City Council was meeting and declared a flood emergency effective June 25. Emergency Manager Brad Peters, WD9GNJ, contacted EC John Regan, KA0HYR, to begin activation. The Emergency Plan of the city calls for amateur radio operators from Washington County ARES to monitor pumps and the dike from Minor Flood Stage to Major Flood Stage.

Lake St. Croix Beach declares Emergency, calls Washington County ARES for communications and monitoring help

Lake St. Croix Beach City Council declared an Emergency Wednesday evening, June 25, begin pumping water from low areas in order to keep roads from flooding. The pumping will begin Thursday, June 26. Washington County ARES members have been called to provide communications and monitoring of the pumps, hoses, and the dike beginning June 26. The city's Emergency Manager has established an 8 am to 8 pm time period for hams to provide services. The city fronts the St. Croix River.

Relocation Drill held June 25 at new facility to check frequencies, drill on procedures

Washington County ARES members participated in the Relocation Drill held at a new location to drill on procedures and to check frequencies. The new location is Park High School in Cottage Grove. The frequencies were checked for reliability and signal strength in the concrete and steel building.

May 17th Deployment Drill successful, tested deployment steps

Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) held its deployment drill on Saturday morning, May 17th. The scenario was based on a loss of communications and electrical infrastructure for the drill. Amateur Radio Members of Washington County ARES were directed to follow pre-deployment steps established in their WashCoARES folder. These included checking the safety of their homes and families, loading their Go Kit into the car, wearing their ARES photo ID card, and checking into the Logistics Net.

MN WASHCO ARES NNET Newsletter being distributed to members; watch for electronic arrival

The May - August NNET (News, Needs, Events, and Training) Newsletter is drafted and will be sent electronically by April 30. Upcoming ARES events as well as net information and ham fests and public service events are listed. Please keep a copy close by so you can make as many events as possible.

Deployment Drill scheduled for May 17

Our spring drill this year will be a Deployment Drill on May 17 from 9 - 10 AM. Each ARES member will select a site, deploy to that site, and check into the net. There will be an option to pass formal written traffic on simplex as well. We will debrief at Woodbury OCB afterwards. Detailed document is coming out. Reserve the date and make the commitment to practice with us!

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